School Closed Monday 16th of November due to Hurricane Ophelia

Hi Everyone,

Met Eireann have issued a STATUS RED wind alert for all of Ireland tomorrow. As a result the school will remain closed all day, Monday, 16th October. Please stay safe. I have sent texts via text a parent but these seem to be slow to get through as the system is probably dealing with texts from all the schools across the country. Please spread the word,

Le Meas, Róisín

From Met Eireann website:…..Wind Warning for Ireland

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime Monday. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding.
There is potential risk to lives.


Sunday 15 October 2017 20:00


Monday 16 October 2017 06:00 to Monday 16 October 2017 23:59


New Building

WP_20150928_10_10_17_Pro WP_20150928_10_15_52_Pro WP_20150928_10_13_10_ProWe were all delighted to hold a small turning-of-the-sod ceremony on Monday on our new school site.  Attracta and John (retired Deputy Principal) attended and all the 6th class children took some of the soil which will be returned to the new school garden when it is built. Official work on the site begins today!

Bake Sale in aid of Nepal

Fantastic news! Yesterday (Friday 8th May) we raised €1213 for the Umbrella Foundation, who are working hard to provide much-needed support for Nepalese children and families. A huge thank you to Nikki (parent), Tess (past pupil), Josh (5th Class) and also to Naomi and all the Student Council, who worked really hard to make it happen. Thank you to everyone in our  school community and wider community for your great generosity, with the production of vast amounts of delicious goodies and extremely kind donations!! The event was a wonderful living example of Unity, the value we have chosen to focus on during the month of May; all involved in its organisation worked seamlessly together in this display of solidarity with our most unfortunate fellow human beings.

The Umbrella Foundation is an Irish Charity, founded ten years ago.  Since then they have rescued 391 children from the streets and corrupt orphanages in Nepal.  These children have been cared for in an Umbrella home and where possible, they are returned to their family.  The organisation works on an on-going basis, with the families and schools ensuring the children’s safety and educating people in the villages about the dangers of trafficking.  Currently they are very busy working with GOAL to re-establish the villages where they are based, which have been destroyed, as well as gate keeping different districts due to the increased risk of trafficking and sex trade with this crisis.

You also have the opportunity to text in order to donate €4 – text earthquake to 50300.  

Healthy Eating Policy

for Healthy Eating Policy for GET


The Healthy
Eating Policy for GET National School has been devised to promote a positive
and healthy attitude to nutrition for the whole school community at GET
National School. It is an inherent aspiration of the ethos of EDUCATE TOGETHER
in general, and GET National School in particular to provide a holistic
education for its pupils. Education for nutrition is an integral facet of the
Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum. The practical
application of what is taught and learned in this area is achieved through the
implementation of the Healthy Eating Policy.


Nutrition is known
to be one of the key factors influencing the health of school children and to
this end, the partners in education at GET have identified the Healthy Eating
Policy as a priority in the development of the school.


Healthy lunchbox


  • In line with the Food and Nutrition
    Guidelines for primary schools, a healthy lunch for a child of primary school
    age consists of the following:


2 or more pieces of bread or cereals

1 or more pieces of fruit and vegetables

1 serving of milk, cheese or yogurt

1 serving of meat fish or chicken


The GET Healthy
Lunch Policy endorses these guidelines and recommends that parents adhere to
them in the preparation of school lunches


  • Drinks
    accompanying school lunches should be nutritious and should not be of the
    ‘fizzy’ variety. We recommend milk, fruit juice, yogurt drink, soup
  • Healthy
    snacks we can recommend to include in the lunchbox are as follows: fruit –
    seedless grapes, mandarins, bananas, apples, vegetable sticks e.g. carrot and
    cucumber or pepper sticks, scones, flapjacks, also unsalted nuts and raisins
    and popcorn for children over five.
  • In the
    interest of keeping the school environment clean and free from waste it is
    recommended that as little packaging as possible is used in the preparation of
    school lunches
  • Friday
    is a treat day and on this day, a treat such as a bun, muffin, a slice of cake,
    biscuits or a snack bar can be included in the lunchbox
  • Teachers
    and other staff at GET will model healthy eating patterns and provide support
    and encouragement to pupils and parents in cultivating healthy eating habits
  • The
    policy will be reviewed annually.



This policy has been prepared by the Healthy Eating
Policy committee comprising the following members:


Miriam O’Sullivan, teacher

John Tuohy, teacher

Aileen McCabe, parent

Sadhbh McQuillan, pupil, 5th class

Enya Levy, pupil,4th class


It is the result
of several meetings of this group, during which a healthy eating survey was
prepared and conducted within the school by the two pupil representatives


Chairperson’s Message – new BOM December 2011

Over recent weeks a new Board of Management has been formed. It comprises 8 persons:

  • 2 nominees of the Patron (Educate Together);
  • 2 teachers, the Principal and another teacher from the staff;
  • 2 parents’ representatives and
  • 2 others representing the wider community.

The Board will be in office for the next four years up to the end of November 2015.

I was invited by Educate Together’s Volunteer Officer Ms.Sarah Williams to serve as chairperson. In agreeing to do so, I am very conscious of the responsibility which I am undertaking, and consequently I am both honored and a little apprehensive. My professional background is in education, having been a primary classroom teacher for 22 years, then a principal teacher for 21 years and during this time serving on school boards for approx. 30 years. However the position of chairperson is a new role for me so the “L” plates will be up for a while.

I see myself as part of a team – Board and School Community- which is dedicated to doing all it can to continue the great work of Glasnevin Educate Together School. From my reading of some past editions of the school’s newsletter and in looking up the website
I have got an insight into the wonderful atmosphere and community involvement which are so much part of school life here. In the coming months I hope to get to know as many as possible of the school community and to make a personal contribution in any way I can.

The biggest task facing your Board is to make significant progress on the provision of a much needed new school building. There are hopeful signs that something positive will emerge from the Department of Education and Skills. I recognize the efforts of previous boards and sub-committees in pursuing this goal and I pay tribute to all involved for bringing us closer to the great prize. I was principal of St. John the Baptist Junior Boys’ National School (Belgrove) in Clontarf, and I well know just how much time and energy can be invested in such a project. Efforts to have a new school built there began in 1979 but the actual work did not commence until spring 2011.Even though we are suffering a recession the government has said it will not be cutting back on school buildings. So hopes are raised as we look forward to the new year. We are a great school. We only lack a modern building. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and hoping Santa has you on his list!

Vincent Conway

The eight members of the new Board of Management

  • Josh Maguire who is a parent of children in First class and Senior Infants
  • Deirdre Mulligan who is a parent of children in 3rd and 4th classes.
  • Attracta Hayden Principal
  • Sorcha Brennan who is the Junior Infant Teacher
  • Ray Lawless who is a parent of children in 2nd, 5th and 6th classes and is one of the Patron Representatives on the Board
  • Joe O’Hara who is one of the Community Representatives on the Board. He is the Head of the School of Education Studies in Dublin City University and has worked at the University for 17 years. Joe lives in the locality of Glasnevin and has served on other Boards of Management.
  • Eoghan Stack who works for The One Foundation and in that role has helped in the past to raise funds for Educate Together. Eoghan is the other Community Representative and also lives in the Glasnevin area.
  • Vincent Conway Chairperson